Zygmunt Joachim Fudakowski

by George C. Fudakowski/Ford, Zygmunt's grandson

zygmunt with guards
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handwritten notes by Rena Sobanska,
Zygmunt's granddaughter

Born in 1830, Zygmunt was involved in the insurrection of 1863 in which the Polish people rose against the Russian occupation of Poland. He was arrested and sent for three years to Siberia, where his father had spent ten years. Wishing to avoid the repressive atmosphere of a Pole living in Russia, Zygmunt moved to Dresden, where he obtained Saxon citizenship. He returned to Warsaw where he and his wife, Kazimiera, were able to live undisturbed and where their five children were born:

• Zosia (a diminutive form of Zofia, or Sophia in English), born in 1872 or 1873, entered a convent where she was known as Sister Maria Renata, died circa 1956

• Julia, or Juliet, born mid to late 1870s, was married with no children, died circa 1947

• George was born in 1880

• Constance, or Kitty, born in 1886, married Jan Oldakowski, with whom she had a daughter, Barbara, born about 1913

• Ludwika, or Louise, born in 1891, entered a convent with Zosia, where she was known as Sister Maria Leonia, died circa 1952

All the sisters were well-educated, but Maria Renata and Leonia had the equivalent of full university degrees, spoke four languages, and had qualifications as teachers. Maria Renata wrote books and articles on religious subjects and art. Kitty was an accomplished pianist.

Zygmunt died in 1895, leaving behind his wife and their young children. The newspaper Stowo published an obituary.

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